Building a Future of Hope
The Beulah-land Project is an initiative of Bread for Life International to carry out number of development project in the Tombel area. This project has a community development perspective—providing services, creating jobs, and establishing infra-structures that will enhance and elevate the living standard of the surrounding inhabitants.
Bread for Life International is a relief and development organisation that seeks to address issues of spiritual and physical hunger across West-Central Africa. We work alongside the indigenous communities by helping them become socially, economically and spiritually vibrant-connecting resources with needs. Bread for Life International has been in Cameroon for over 15 years during which we have been involved in several community outreaches and development efforts.
We have organized yearly Medical Outreaches since 2004. Through these outreaches, we have brought in several dozen medical doctors and health professionals from the United States and Europe to work with local medical practitioners in doing free consultation, free medication and counseling. Over the last 9 years in Cameroon, we have provided free consultation to over 11,000, in the process distributing free medications worth over 900 million FCFA.
In the domain of community development, Bread for Life International with assistance from the US Embassy, has built a primary school (Hope Academy) for the pygmies in among the Bakas in Mbang, East Region. This school has provided an opportunity for scores of children in this highly marginalized area to receive quality primary education.
Bread for Life International has provided scholarship to several under-privilege children some of whom have completed their university education and are now pursuing careers in diverse fields: medical doctors, ICT specialist amongst others.
Here is a detail explanation on how the land will be used (Technical Document). We intend to carry out the following infra-structural, agricultural, medical and educational projects on the land we are soliciting.
- Mass Hill Comprehensive Vocational College: Education is the fundamental catalyst to human development and nation-building. Bread for Life is conscious of this and seeks to complement the efforts of the government and local authorities to mould the next generation of Cameroonian citizens through sound education. The Mass Hill Comprehensive Vocational College shall provide vocational education that will enable students to be self-employed or fit for the job market. Provide a well-rounded education that meets international standard. An education that develops the head, hands and heart potentials. This college will run both the first and second cycle with a prospective enrolment of 3500 (that is 500students at the start of each academic year. The college shall comprise classrooms, a gymnasium, offices, workshops (mechanic, carpentry, electricity, and electronics), laboratories (science, computer, and home economics), library, dormitories, infirmary, refectory and playgrounds. The total cost of these school infra-structures is 3,010 000 000FCFA. All this will cover a surface area of 10 hectares.
- Hope Academy: Bread for Life International educational project shall also cover the nursery and primary sector. Here we shall be focusing on providing quality primary education to orphans and other underprivileged children in Tombel and its environs. Some many children have become orphans or rendered destitute as a result of losing their parents from HIV/AIDS. The Hope Academy intends to give a chance to such children to acquire basic education in a family oriented community where they can grow find solace and grow physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. Hope Academy will comprise the following infra-structures: classrooms, offices, playground, refectory, library, and workshops. The total cost of these school infra-structures is 420,000 000FCFA. These structures shall cover a surface area of 5 hectares.
- Institute for Leadership, Ethical studies And Development (I-LEAD): Africa Needs Effective Leaders. Africa has long suffered from a shortage of effective leaders. Poor leadership has cost the continent immensely over the past few decades, creating major problems in the spiritual, political, economic, and social spheres. For more than ten years, BFL has conducted conferences, seminars for leaders and budding leaders and equipped them with resources to address issues affecting every spectrum of the African life. Against this backdrop, we intend to establish I-LEAD to provide a campus to train leaders in every sphere of life. The
I-LEAD Campus shall provide and a forum where leaders from the public and private sectors can be equipped and build their capacity on leadership issues.
I-LEAD shall put in place state-of-the-art facilities for seminars, conferences, workshop and training programmes. The total cost of setting up all the infra-structures to get I-LEAD running is 485,000 000FCFA. All this facilities shall cover a total surface area of 5 hectares.
- Camp Peniel: It is usually said “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop”. During holiday periods millions of young Cameroonians become idle and bored. This idleness and boredom usually push them to various vices and delinquent behaviors with often devastating consequences. Through Camp Peniel, Bread for Life hopes to provide an alternative to a rather destructive pattern by providing educational, work and learning opportunities during the holidays and a place for both youth and adult to interact in a healthy environment through various recreational activities. We envisage the camp an outlet and employment opportunities to thousands of youth and their families. The camp shall comprise several recreational structures like, game parks, rides, water parks etc. The total budget to make Camp Peniel see the light of day is 60,000 000FCFA. This camp shall cover a total surface area of 20 hectares.
- Experimental Agricultural Farm: According to the UN World Food Program the (WFP), 250,000 people die from hunger and poverty every day in Africa. Worse, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) say Africa is the only continent that is lagging behind in achieving food sufficiency by 2015. Experts believe food shortage threaten half of some countries’ population.
Through our agricultural and rural development programs, we seek to address food shortage through intensive farming projects and running a small holder’s development scheme. Through the aforementioned scheme, we shall to support local farmers by teaching them basic skills to increase production and providing a home based and external markets for their products to increase their profit margin. Our farm will also be used as a major teaching tool for youth both in our college as well as during youth camps. We envisage using this to produce a lot of food capable of feeding students we serve.
The main thrusts of our Agriculture and Rural Development outreach are:
Nutritional: Improve food supply, increase food variety and ensure balanced diet.
Socio-cultural: Revitalize Agricultural activities by creating opportunities among jobless youth. Prevent unnecessary rural exodus by bringing modern agricultural techniques to farmers.
Economic: Generate funds for organizational objectives while simultaneously creating employment and teaching and learning opportunities.
We intend to carry out intensive farming projects in the following domains and capacities:
- Plantains cultivation 4 Hectares,
- Palms cultivation, 5 Hectares
- Maize cultivation, 4, Hectares
- Pineapple cultivation, 4 Hectares
- Yam cultivation, 2 Hectares
- Cocoyam cultivation, 2 Hectares
- Tree Nursery, 1 Hectare
- Cassava cultivation, 1 Hectare
- Gardening, 5 Hectares
- Rubber, 5 Hectares
- COCOA & Coffee, 5 Hectares
- Animal husbandry (cattle, chicken, rabbit etc)
The total cost of our agricultural projects is 30,000 000FCFA. The projects will cover a total surface area of 38 hectares.
- Good Samaritan Health Centre: As already mentioned, Bread for Life has organized yearly Medical Outreaches since 2004. These Medical Outreaches are a precursor to our vision to establish a major national Medical Centre. The Good Samaritan Health Clinic shall be a culmination of our outreaches and a base for future outreaches. It shall provide an ideal healing environment were patience can come and receive treatment at affordable cost. This Clinic shall align to our holistic approach to health care that seeks to provide solace to ailments of the entire person (physiological, psychological and spiritual). This clinic shall contain facilities like: emergency care unit, mother and child center, intensive care unit, orthopedics and hematology, laboratories, rehabilitation center, cardiac center, hospitalization wards, maternity, laboratories, administrative unit, HIV Treatment Center, modern mortuary etc. Focus will also be on eye, dental, and dialysis. The total cost or budget for the establishment of the Good Samaritan Health Center is 1,495 000 000FCFA. The Good Samaritan Health Center shall cover a total surface area of 5 hectares.
- Nature Park: The nature park shall be a multipurpose community recreational park. Through the Nature Park, Bread for Life shall provide an avenue were people from all walks of life and social status in the community can relax, admire nature and have a good time. It shall also serve as good avenue for picnics, marriage reception, and playground for children etc. The cost of this project is 30,000 000FCFA. This park shall cover a total surface area of 5 hectares.
- Bread for Life International Headquarters and staff quarters: We also intend to establish an administrative building with offices to serve as our international headquarter with surrounding lodging facilities for our staff (staff quarters). This project shall cover a total surface area of 5 hectares.
- Community based Orphanage: Across sub-Saharan Africa the HIV/AIDS epidemic is the most severe in the world. So far the AIDS epidemic has left over 15 million orphans, 80% of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. As the number of adults dying of AIDS rise over the next decade, an increasing number of orphans will grow up without parental care and love and will be deprived of their basic rights to shelter, food health and education.
These children are often much more at risk of becoming a victim of violence, exploitative child labour, discrimination or other abuses. Surviving children face malnutrition, illness, physical and psychosocial trauma, and impaired cognitive and emotional development. Unaccompanied girls are at especially high risk of sexual abuse and as such are very likely to become HIV-positive. These consequences can be grouped and listed as follows:
- Psycho-social distress: Their parent’s illness and death causes extreme psycho-social distress – worsened by the pervasive stigma and shame attached to HIV/AIDS.
- Economic hardship: With parents unable to work and savings spent on care, children are forced to take on the frightening adult responsibility of supporting the family.
- Withdrawal from school: The pressure of earning for and caring for parents and siblings can lead children to withdraw from school, even while parents are living. The pressure to abandon schooling intensifies when one or both parents die.
- Malnutrition and illness: Orphans and other affected children are more likely to be malnourished or to fall ill and are less likely to get the medical care they need. Poverty is the root cause, but neglect and discrimination by adults in whose care they have been left are also important factors.
- Loss of inheritance: Orphans are regularly cheated out of their inheritance.
- Fear and isolation: Dispossessed orphans are often forced out to unfamiliar and hostile places.
- Increased abuse and increased risk of HIV: Impoverished and without parents to protect and educate them, orphans and affected children face every kind of abuse and risk, including HIV infection. Many are forced into exploitative and dangerous work including exchanging sex for money, food, “protection” or shelter.
We envisage building a community where kids are raised in a family like setting. The following five levels of orphan care, presented in order of preference, shall be promoted in this community.
- The preferred care is within the extended family (kids will be put in homes).
- If that is not possible, orphans are placed within substitute families.
- The third choice is for small groups of orphans to live together in their community and be looked after by a caregiver employed and supervised by us for this purpose.
- The fourth type of care is an adolescent child-headed household with siblings remaining together, preferably in the family home. Here they are cared for by the eldest child with regular supervision and support provided by a pre-established community’s child-care committee, some selected trained community leaders and our local field officer. This establishment of the orphanage shall entail a budget of 210,000 000FCFA and shall cover a total surface area of 5 hectares.
All the aforementioned projects shall cost Bread for Life International and its partners a total budget of 10,640 000 000 (Ten Billion six hundred and forty million) FCFA and shall cover a total surface area of 98 hectares. For a start, we are appealing for 50 hectares so our architects can develop an architectural rendering and a blue print. We are attaching a similar rendering that we developed for a land we were buying in Yaoundé.
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